The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

Dr Yao Shen

Dr Yao Shen

Research Associate

Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
11th Apr 2017

Research summary

Yao is currently a Research Associate at CASA working on Resolution (REsilient Systems fOr Land Use TransportatION) project with a special focus on the (re)formation of social inequality due to the shift of transport accessibilities in London and São Paulo.

Research interests:

Urban morphology with emerging ubiquitous geographic information 

Data augmented urban planning and design

Complexity modelling

Space syntax

Spatial econometrics

Spatial behaviour and cognition

GIS and cartography

Teaching summary

Tutoring in design courses of MSC Space Syntax: Architecture and Cities (2016)

Co-supervising dissertations of MRes Space Syntax: Architecture and Cities (2015)


Dr. Shen is a trained architect, urban designer, and geographer. Currently, he is working on the RESOLUTION project with Professor Michael Batty at CASA. He obtained his Ph.D. from Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (UCL), which was fully sponsored by Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC). He received his B.Eng. and M.Eng. from School of Architecture in Tianjin University with distinction honors in 2009 and 2012 respectively. His main research interests focus on urban morphology in the new data environment, urban data mining, big-data-based spatial analysis, generative urban modeling and data-informed urban design.